The problem in earning Joey de Leon's ire is that he can strike you using his creativity rather than talk his way out of an argument. But the veteran comedian knows how to soften up a blow. And that is undoubtedly through humor.
One look at the lyrics of the song "Walang Daya" found in his new 9-track album titled Kagat Labi under EMI Philippines and it's pretty obvious that Joey is nudging rival noontime show host Willie Revillame anew.
"Walang daya isa lang ang numero / Zero sa akin ang number two... At kung ikaw man darling sasakyan ko / Ferrari ka ng buhay ko..." go the lyrics written by Joey himself.
"'Pag may nag-react diyan ibig sabihin mayabang," he joked to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) when asked if the song could ignite his feud with the Wowowee host again.
POTPOURRI OF IDEAS. Kagat Labi, Joey de Leon's latest album, found the veteran comedian once again squeezing his creative juices by jumbling words with melodies.
Writing, specifically songwriting, ought to be a fun activity, according to Joey. But composing with ease is perhaps a testament of the ace comedian's natural talent in the medium.
"Kung ano ‘yong dumating sa utak ko, ‘yon na," said Joey on his songwriting style. "Halo-halo yan, yung mga ideya na ‘yan."
For his latest record, Joey was given by EMI Philippines a few owned materials for him to make fun of. Joey chose Sandwich's mainstream hit "Sugod" and Sugarfree's crowd-pleaser anthem "Hari ng Sablay."
"Binigyan ako ng pagpipilian ng EMI," he shared. "'Yan ang top two, e. So nung binubuo na namin, ‘yan ang pinili ko."
Lending his witty touch, Joey wrote "Kahit Tuyo" to the tune of "Hari ng Sablay." But Joey was in his element in the "Sugod" spin-off titled "Luhod."
"Luhod mga kafatid / Tayo ay magsama-sama / Ipagdasal ang mga bakla / Tayo ay dumami sana..."
"Tungkol sa bading talaga," Joey said unabashedly. "Religious song nga ‘yan," he quipped. "Religious ‘yan about praying, kaya luhod, e."
TYPICALLY JOEY. Prior to releasing the record, "Kagat Labi" was already a tune familiar to a lot of people, thanks to Eat Bulaga! where Joey shares hosting duties with longtime friends Tito and Vic Sotto.
The melody of the song was borrowed from the '60s hit, Wilson Pickett's "Land of the Thousand Dances."
The "Kagat Labi" version heard on Eat Bulaga! was just a brief one so Joey wrote additional lyrics. But, of course, releasing "Kagat Labi" as a single record is not a feasible prospect.
"Hindi naman puwedeng i-release ng isang cut lang, ginawan na namin ng katawan," he narrated, regarding the genesis of his latest full-length album.
Other songs included in the album are "Bikini Mong Puti [May Nakangiti]," "Food Na, Eat Na," and "Pinagpatong-patong" among others.
Joey also clarified that his relationship with EMI Philippines is strictly a one-album deal, at least for now. Joey's previous albums were released by another record label.
Even in making music, Joey makes sure to maintain his love for the art rather than think of the monetary reward which for him is just a bonus.
"Sa akin, basta enjoy ako," he pointed out. Marketing wise, he leaves it all to the record company. "Nasa sa kanila na ‘yon," he smiled. "Nasa pagbebenta na nila ‘yon."